If you have postpartum depression
Postpartum depression after birth can be common. Find information on getting a diagnosis, treatment options and where to get help and support.
It’s common to go through a period of adjustment after having a baby. Your hormones are changing, and you may feel more emotional and anxious than normal.
This is known as the baby blues. For most people, this is temporary.
If the baby blues lasts longer than 2 weeks, it can be a sign of postpartum depression. It can affect either parent.
It’s important to get a diagnosis and treatment if you think you have postpartum depression. You can talk to your doctor, midwife, local mental health service or community health service.
Postpartum depression can be treated in different ways, including:
- group treatment
- support strategies
Pregnancy support counselling is available from eligible GPs and other health professionals on referral from a GP.
You can claim Medicare rebates for up to 3 counselling services if you've been pregnant in the last 12 months.
New parents with postpartum depression can also get help and support at: